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is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fukushima, miyagi, and iwate prefectures, but some residents say information about the quake and tsunami alert failed to reach them. >> translator: the shaking lasted for a long time. but i didn't hear any information from the municipality. i decided to evacuate on my own. >> translator: i'm all right now. >> translator: i ran away as soon as i felt the big tremor. we promised to gather here in case of an emergency. >> translator: it was really scary. i was worried about my grandchildren. >> president benigno aquino has visited areas of the philippines devastated by this week's typhoon. patchari raksang has more details from bangkok. >>> president aquino's visit comes as the death toll from the typhoon has risen to at least 450. hundreds more are missing. rescue operations continue in the devastated areas, but progress is slow and many of the displaced are degs
is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants that were damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fukushima, miyagi, and iwate prefectures, but some residents say information about the quake and the tsunami alert failed to reach them. >> translator: the shaking lasted for a long time. but i didn't hear any information from the municipality. i decided to evacuate on my own. >> translator: i'm all right now. >> translator: i ran away as soon as i felt the big tremor. we promised to gather here in case of an emergency. >> translator: it was really scary. i was worried about my grandchildren. >>> president benigno aquino has visited areas of the philippines devastated by this week's typhoon. patchari raksawong has more details from bangkok. >>> president aquino's visit comes as the death toll from the typhoon has risen to at least 450. hundreds more are missing. rescue operations continue in the devastated areas, but progress is slow and many of t
plants and the accident in fukushima last year have prompted many japanese to question the use of atomic energy. the former government said it would aim to take all reactors off line within a couple of decades but now a new government is in power and promising a different approach. >> reporter: prime minister abe is putting everything on the table when it comes to japan's energy policy. he and others in the committee have said they will explore possibilities including restarting nuclear reactors. >> translator: we need to decide our energy policy based on technical assessments. we will not start with the conclusion of halting nuclear power generation by the 2030s. >> reporter: the previous administration led by former prime minister yoshihko noda drafted an energy policy that stated the government would aim to shut down all nuclear plants by the 2030s. before last year's accident in fukushima, nuclear power accounted for 26% of the total energy supply in japan. currently only two out of 50 reactors in the country are online adding a mere 3% to the supply. fossil fuels are taking up the s
faults under nuclear plants and the accident in fukushima last year have prompted many japanese to question the use of atomic energy. the former government said it would aim to take all reactors off line within a couple of decades but now a new government is in power and promising a different approach. >> reporter: prime minister abe is putting everything on the table when it comes to japan's energy policy. he and others in the committee have said they will explore possibilities including restarting nuclear reactors. >> translator: we need to decide our energy policy based on technical assessments. we will not start with the conclusion of halting nuclear power generation by the 2030s. >> reporter: the previous administration led by former prime minister yoshihko noda drafted an energy policy that stated the government would aim to shut down all nuclear plants by the 2030s. before last year's accident in fukushima, nuclear power accounted for 26% of the total energy supply in japan. currently only two out of 50 reactors in the country are online adding a mere 3% to the supply. fo
in fukushima. i want to make a new start for japan in the belief that there will be no revival for japan without the recovery of fukushima. this election is about whether we can move forward with what we have to do or turn back the clock and return to the politics of old. >> translator: i will bring the economy out of deflation, correct the high yen, lead economic growth, enrich people's lives, and recover an economy where young people don't have to worry about finding jobs. i'll strengthen social security and will promote the reconstruction of the disaster-hit northeast. we'll aim to take back power by winning a majority along with the new komeito party. >> candidates from the following parties are also running -- tomorrow party, new komeito, restoration party, japanese communist party, your party, social democratic party. new party daichi, people's new party, new party nippon, and new renaissance party. candidates are trying to win one of the 480 seats in the lower house. there are 300 single-seat districts. parties win a number of the other 180 seats depending on how much of the propo
challenges. reconstruction following the 2011 disaster, containment of the fukushima nuclear accident. and fiscal reform and economic growth. they faced them one by one with varying degrees of safe. the prime minister called on workers to sped up ed up reconstruction. he took the lead on fukushima crisis. 'announced that crews stabilized the damaged reactors. he replaced mountains of soil and debris lightly contaminated by radiation. and he made a vow to residents who had evacuated areas around the plant. >> translator: i promise network so lots of your friends can return home as soon as possible. >> reporter: last june noda weighed concerns about safety, the economy and energy supply when he decided to restart two nuclear reactors the first to go back online since the fukushima accident. some members of his democratic party left the party in protest. noda faced challenges on the foreign policy front. he focused on repairing the damage to japan-u.s. ties caused by a disagreement over the relocation of an american base in okinawa. >> translator: security environment is getting come oly
continue its nuclear program. >> the event at fukushima have changed the culture -- the events at fukushima have changed the culture. ongoing demonstrations to end japan's nuclear program entirely demonstrate a clear change in japan. more and more japanese are questioning their leaders. >> in that sense, the fukushima disaster has definitely made voters more politically active. it has made them take a more critical look at the government. the anti-nuclear movement is growing. it is taking root and teaming up with movements around the world. in general, there is a move towards alternative lifestyles, and that is certainly playing a big role on the political stage. >> questions also surround japan's weakened economy. sony was recently downgraded to junk status by ratings agency fitch. japan's once booming auto industry has also seen a slump in sales. competition from china and south korea continues to grow. china is also showing increasing confidence in its military operations. this year, japan and china have been locked in a saber-rattling showdown over the uninhabited, but highly disputed i
opposition following the fukushima accident. it has raised questions that the ldp could have on regulators. we spoke to a top u.s. nuclear regulator visiting japan to meet with authorities. >> reporter: william magwood serves as one of five nuclear regulatory commissioners. japanese government officials considered his organization an example when they built their new nuclear regulatory authority, or nra. >> and what we would like to do is give the new nra the benefit of the mistakes we've made. we've learned those lessons. we can pass on that experience, and any time -- >> reporter: one key lesson magwood wants to share with japanese officials is that politicians and nuclear regulation don't mix. >> independence of the regulatory agency is an essential key to assuring the right kinds of decisions are made, the right kind of safety processes put in place. in the united states, nrc is designed to basically ignore entirely the political winds around it. if, for example, president obama had lost the election and governor romney had won, it would not have affected our work. >> reporter: nrc off
at fukushima daiichi. all of japan's operating commercial reactors went offline in the months after the march 2011 disaster. then last july the prime minister approved the restart of two units at the ohi plant in fukui prefecture. regulators assured they would be able to withstand a major earthquake or tsunami. but the possible presence of an active fault directly beneath the plant has raised doubts about the reactors. we're taking a closer look at this threat from below in our latest installment of "nuclear watch." earlier i spoke with hajime okada, who's been following this story. what is defined, first of all, an active fault, and how does it constitute a threat to the ohi nuclear plant? >> the term "active fault" refers to faults that have already moved several times in the past and that are likely to move again. this could trigger an earthquake and cause damage in surrounding areas. the ohi nuclear plant sits on a fault called f-6. the fracture runs across critical pipes that are meant to cool the reactors. the plant's operator, kansai electric power company, has continuously maintained
disaster in fukushima and many are feeling stressed out after their long separation from family and friends. one of them has come up with a novel way to pick up their spirits. >> reporte clams fromhome, and salmon. people from namee have always used generous portions for local dishes. nowadays, these people hardly ever sit down to a hometown feast like this. they all had to leave town to get away from last year's nuclear disaster in fukushima. some ended up in shelters in namahata prefecture and that's where they're preparing these dishes. shizue brought them all together. she thought cooking and eating hometown food would help keep the old spirit alive. >> translator: i heard lots of people saying they were craving the food they used to eat back home. i wanted to make their wishes come true. >> reporter: amano, her husband, and two daughters evacuated in may last year. while amano yearns for home, she is under no illusions she'll be there soon. according to the town's reconstruction plan, residents can't return for at least five years. >> translator: i feel very frustrated. the hardest thi
in fukushima. he's hoping he and his neighbors can reduce their dependence on nuclear power. >> translator: i'd like to see which politicians will take concrete steps to deal with nuclear power. i'll choose the one who shares my way of thinking. >> reporter: the fukushima disaster forced people in japan to think about where their energy comes from. nuclear power accounted for 26% of the supply before the accident. the government plans to raise that to 45% by 2030. japan has 54 nuclear reactors. the accident prompted operators to shut them down one by one for safety inspections. by this past may all of them were offline. but the people who ran the utilities feared they wouldn't be able to supply businesses and consumers with enough power during the peak summer period, so in june the prime minister approved the restart of two reactors in western japan. government officials held meetings and asked the public for their views. they wanted to gauge opinion on three options for nuclear power by 2030. 0%, 15%, or 20% to 25%. more than half the people chose 0%. >> translator: it's out of the question
some progress. but there is still so much to do. workers have the fukushima plant under control. but decommissioning the facility will take decades. crews have been decontaminating towns and villages near the plant. however, the lack of storage sites for contaminated soil is delaying the cleanup. people are back to work at major fishing ports in the most severely damaged prefectures. iowaty, miyagi and fukushima. towns are now 80% of what they were before the disaster. but thousands of people are still out of work. rebuilding the communities the tsunami washed away is another challenge. the suzuki's noodle shop used to stand here. other shops and houses stood beside it. government officials have designated the land a tsunami danger zone. no one can live or run a business here. suzuki and his wife aren't sure where they will go next. >> translator: we have to think about what we'll do when it's time to leave. >> reporter: the government has set aside about $230 billion for reconstruction, but it's faced criticism, because some of the money has been used for other projects, lead
the crisis at the fukushima daichi nuclear plant may soon be able to go home. japanese government officials say decontamination efforts are starting to pay off. they partially lifted off some advisories in so-called hot spots for rst time since the nuclear disaster in march last year. >> translator: we've confirmed that estimated radiation levels have fallen below the benchmark 20 millisieverts per year. the chief of the task force ordered the lifting of evacuation advisories as of today. >> friday's decision covers 129 households in date city in kawauchi village. not all households may decide to return. radiation levels remain above the international level of 1 millisievert per year for ordinary citizens. government officials say they hope to lift the remaining hot spot advisories for 153 households in minami soma city. they are among 104 municipalities in eight prefectures where radiation levels stood at 0.23 microsieverts per hour or higher. administrative officials said radiation levels in the three areas are below that benchmark. a team of foreign experts held its first meeting with re
at fukushima prefecture, the trend is most obvious. four out of five seats were taken by the ldp. next in the kapt althoucapital ldp went from 4 to 21. and in the restoration party, they were the most popular. the party was created by the mayor of osaka. the dpj lost all its seats. we're joined now by political commentator nakajima. what led to the landslide victory? >> a lot of voters were disappointed with what has been referred to as an experiment with the democrats. the party leaders made a lot of dreamy promises to voters in the last election. now the voters feel that the leaders missed their opportunity. they promised to cut wasteful government spending, reform the pension system and not raise the consumption tax and the democrats essentially broke all these promises. >> why were voters drawn to abe and his party? >> abe managed to paint a gloomy picture of the democrats and the effect their rule has had on the country. he said the democrats have weakened japan, its foreign policy and its economy. he promised to take a hard stance in relations with china. he said democrats nuclea
-hit regions in northeastern japan, especially fukushima prefecture, home to the damaged nuclear plant. the new prime minister says he will achieve results as soon as possible to redeem the trust of the japanese people. >>> prime minister abe's launched his cabinet tuesday after the top lawmakers elected him to the top job. both houses of parliament elected abe as prime minister, a post he held between 2006 and 2007. abe is the first politician in 64 years to return to the position after resigning. his liberal democrats ruled japan almost continuously for half a century. abe has spent the past week or so shaping his cabinet. he has filled it with some new faces and some familiar ones. y. shihide suga has taken on the job of cabinet secretary that makes him the head government spokesperson. he announced the roster of ministers. former prime minister taro aso takes the row. he is taking on the post of deputy prime minister, financial services minister. abe will be relying on his long-time ally's experience and economic expertise to help him deal with the persistent problem of deflation. fumio k.
on actual radiation readings. after the fukushima accident, authorities failed to get residents to evacuate promptly even though they had information from a radiation forecast system. the nra secretary is proposing the immediate evacuation of residents within 5 to 30 kilometers of a radiation plant when they reach 500 millisieverts per hour. they call for evacuation within a week's time if the level is at 20 millisieverts or more. but the panel of experts did not reach a consensus. some said the authority had simply decided on a level half that of international standard without enough scientific basis. others said the nra should adopt the international standard for the time being and continue discussions to set japan's own standards. >>> the operator of the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant is asking for more public money. they say the compensation payments are higher than the initial estimate. tokyo electric power company has asked a state-backed fund for $8.1 billion to make up for the expected shortfall. tepco now estimates compensation to amount to about $38 billion, that's up fr
're vision for how to supply the country's energy need after the nuclear disaster in fukushima. the official campaign lasts 12 days. voters head to the polls on sunday, december 16th. >>> there's another launch of long rang ballistic miss. >> caller:. there mi missile. north korean officials say the launch will happen between december 10th and 22nd be the rocket will head south. may that he had similar preparations in april. that launch ended in failure. they've given their schedule and planned trajectory to the u.n. in charge of maritime safety. officials with the international maritime organization say the north koreans pn to launch twee 7:00 a.m. and noon local time. the first stage of a three stage missile is expected to fall in the yellow seat west of south korea. the second is expected to land east of the philippines. alerts to shipping companies have been issued. government officials in seoul have seen the scenario before. foreign ministry officials met separately with envoys from japan, the united states, china and russia. it's believed they discussed ways to cancel the launch. the s
. the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant was closed after being crippled by last year's earthquake and tsunami. many other nuclear plants in japan could have active faults running directly underneath them. they include the ohi plant, which the government allowed to go back online in july. these findings are cerin to raise questions about the government's ability to make decisions concerning the regulation of nuclear energy. yoichiro tateiwa, nhk world. >>> the operator of the tsuruga plant issued a statement monday. the japan atomic power company says it's impossible to accept a finding based primarily on geographic facilies. the utility said it will conduct its own investigation and provide objective data. >>> sri lanka's art scene long civil war. the island's w that peaceas returne passionate individuals want to revive those traditions. they include one woman striving to bring puppetry back to life. nhk world has the story. ♪ a puppet's pins. its dress flutters. sri lankan puppetry dates back 300 years. this is a traditional puppet of sri lanka. you have to train at least five years to learn to
think the difference may be -- so few things -- you know, you wake up one morning and fukushima disaster has taken place. now, the night before i went to bed i wasn't thinking about japan. i wasn't thinking about nuclear power. and now it's all-consuming. it just seems like we're in a period of time that's volatile from a geopolitical standpoint. it's volatile from an environment, nature standpoint. >> rose: jeff immelt for the hour. next. >> rose: general electric is the nation's largest industrial company. it employs over 300,000 people around the world. it makes everything from aircraft engines to power plant turbines to medical imaging equipment. the company has evolved over the last decade over jeff immeant's watch. he has led a global expansion and shed once treasured businesses such as plastics and insurance. in 2011, president obama named him to lead the council on jobs and competitiveness. last month, the country created 146,000 jobs, exceeding expectations in the wake of hurricane sandy. further progress will be tested as the fiscal cliff deadline approaches without a deal insi
ter not far from the fukushima region where a devastating quake and tsunami hit last year. -- cameras were rolling when the quake hit tsunami warning called off, a number of aftershocks have been aorded -- have been recorded. no reports of serious injuries or deaths. >>> a viewer from pleasanton took in, this morning captured shaking inside a building east of tokyo. you can send your video and photos of breaking news worldwide and here in the bay area to ureport. >>> the san mateo county sheriff's department is asking for help in finding an elderly woman who wandered away this morning from her san carlos home. the 76-year-old has and is sometimes frightened by people, 5 a 6, weighs 130 -- 5'6, weighs 130. >>> this morning a raiders' tan still in serious condition after falling from the third deck of the coliseum at last night's game. you can see in the video how long a fall that is. 50 feet, the man fell shortly after kickoff. it is not clear whether he jumped or fell. police believe it was an accident. >>> happening now, wells fargo granting $20,000 each to east bay homeowner home bu
at the fukushima nuclear plant were ordered to move so safety. last year's tsunami hit the reactor. this time the tsunami warning was lifted two hours after the tremor hit. there are no reports of serious damage from the quake but several people were hurt. tina kraus cbs news. >> more than 300,000 people are still living in temporary shelters after that massive 9.0 earthquake ask and tsunami last year. >>> one san rafael remembers the dark moments of that day, pearl harbor. he sat down with anne makovec to give his version of the attack and what he did to keep from getting killed. >> at first i said hell no i'm not going to abandon my ship. i'll fight it out. >> reporter: john will never forget the moments from december 7th 1941 when he was stationed in pearl harbor hawaii. >> and i was on the battle ship uss west virginia, a great big monstrous thing. and i looked out and there i saw a plane headed for my ship. >> reporter: then he felt six torpedoes hit. >> and all hell broke out. the ship began to lift. had great big holes in the port side. fortunately we had an outstanding crew on that sh
the north eastern japanese coast near the miyagi preeffect ter not far from the fukushima region where a devastating quake and tsunami hit last year. -- cameras were rolling when the quake hit tsunami warning called off, a number of aftershocks have been aorded -- have been recorded. no reports of serious injuries or deaths. >>> a viewer from pleasanton took in, this morning captured shaking inside a building east of tokyo. you can send your video and photos of breaking news worldwide and here in the bay area to ureport. >>> the san mateo county sheriff's department is asking for help in finding an elderly woman who wandered away this morning from her san carlos home. the 76-year-old has and is sometimes frightened by people, 5 a 6, weighs 130 -- 5'6, weighs 130. >>> this morning a raiders' tan still in serious condition after falling from the third deck of the coliseum at last night's game. you can see in the video how long a fall that is. 50 feet, the man fell shortly after kickoff. it is not clear whether he jumped or fell. police believe it was an accident. >>> happening now, wells
beneath nuclear plants since the quake and tsunami last year triggered the accident in fukushima. teams with regulators that preceded the nra inspected the cracks under nine plants. the inspector involving that probe said regulators didn't have clear evidence so they couldn't say the cracks are active faults. but the situation has changed since the government launched the nra. the nra's chair believes faults should be judged as active if inspectors have enough evidence to raise doubts about the stability. >> now, how widespread are these inspections? >> yes, gene, nra is looking at 6 of japan's 17 commercial nuclear plants and one major testing nuclear plant. nra's chair says all of them should be checked. higashidori is the third one to come under question. nra inspectors looked at the ohi plant in central japan. they ordered its operator to conduct an additional probe saying cracks below the plant could be active faults. the inspectors then turned their attention to another plant which is close to ohi. they concluded cracks beneath it are highly likely active faults, and that one of t
in the wake of the fukushima disaster. >> ratings agency standard and poor's has downgraded cypress again. its sovereign debt already has junk status. now it has gone down two more notches. >> cypress says it needs a decision on an international bailout within days to avoid a default. international monetary fund says talks are unlikely to be concluded this year. it needs the bailout to save its banks, which are heavily exposed to greet debt. well, germans are losing their appetite for spending money. consumer confidence has fallen for the second month in a row according to market research group gfk. >> they polled 2000 german shoppers and on the 0 digit overall economic picture, their own financial outlook, and plans to shell out cash for big-ticket items this christmas. they concluded that growing pessimism connected to the european debt crisis is prompting germans to keep a tighter hold on their cash. >> stores are busy and shoppers are out buying christmas kiss, but many retailers are wondering what will happen when the festive season is over. the new season shows that the eurozone crisis i
of the popular kitani-ware painter buz buzan fukushima. here, she can take a close look at his elaborate brushwork adorning the ceramics. keller was surprised that even for fine lines kitani artists used brushes. the austrians use a kind of metallic pen. >> everything's brush. >> brush. many, many brush. >> also for the small -- >> also so. there brush. all brush. >> oh. >> next artist ayako minami showed keller how to use pigment the kitani way. the artist used special methods for the five primary colors like red, blue and yellow. for example, they mixed the pigment with metal or glass. after firing the color changes critically. this does not happen with austrian pigments. >> and what is this color? >> is it yellow? it is transforming during firing. >> in the kiln, we mix colors due to the chemical reaction. >> now keller gets down to work. after her basic design dries she coats it with pigment. the design is a tulip. popular in western porcelain. >> i will see the result after firing. so this is a little bit difficult to imagine. >> and into the kiln it goes. success. the tulip shows t
are suing the operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they claim tokyo electric power company issued misleading information after the disaster there last year and they claim they were exposed to radiation. the nine plaintiffs include eight members of the "uss ronald reagan," and they were deployed just off the plant shortly after the disaster. the plaintiffs filed their suit last week at the u.s. federal court in san diego. they argue that tepco officials misrepresented the dangers and gave them a false sense of security. the suit says that increased their risk of developing cancer. but it does not specify levels of radiation exposure. they're demanding the utility pay $10 million in damages to each of them and $220 million to set up a fund for future medical costs. tepco officials say they have not yet seen the details of the case. >>> new year postcards are an essential part of the ritual of seeing in the new year in japan. sent to friends, family and associates, they're delivered on the morning of january 1 and hold a special significance. in iwate, one woman is drawing on
. the accident at the fukushima nuclear plant is prompting the country to renew its policy on nuclear power. it is considering ways to promote geothermal power through deregulation, incentives and international cooperation. >> translator: we hope to contribute to other nations in terms of drilling and surveying. high initial costs are a common challenge. we want to cooperate with other countries to ease the burden through measures such as setting up a funding framework. >> reporter: geothermal power generation will play a key role in tackling global warming and countries working toward energy independence. cooperation between measured players will help achieve these goals. nhk world. >>> authorities in israel have allowed something they hadn't allowed in more than five years. they let a shipment of construction material into gaza. 20 trucks carrying gaza crossed this checkpoint. it was the first shipment of construction material since 2007. israel imposed a strict economic embargo when the palestinian group hamas took control of the territory. residents of gaza have endured restrictions on
the march 2011 earthquake and tsunami. the damp -- that they missed the fukushima nuclear plant. heavy 8 were involved in relief operations in areas around the plant. japan piece in the government says it whalers are heading out to the sea but only carrying out research. the main group departed on the annual hunt in the southern ocean surrounding antarctica. japan introduced scientific whaling to avoid a commercial willing than under a 1986 moratorium. a man and australia survived being mauled by a shark. he was serving in new south wales. he lost a finger and chunk of his five. putting on a brave face for the cameras but shark attacks are unusual this time of year. >> the dolphins swimming all around him and all of the sudden the sharp just comes up and took for the chunks out of him and then he'd actually put the nose of the board into the bull shark's head. >> did a marvelous job. >> the chinese government has approved a law forcing internet users to use their real names. china says the new rules will help prevent rumors from spreading and clamp down on corruption. but on-line freedom
to get worse. >> the government announced the energy u-turn last year after the fukushima nuclear disaster. it wants the country to abandon nuclear power and turn to renewable sources such as the wind and the sun but the power grid isn't ready. they visited a plant near berlin to see what progress is being made in improving the grid. he says he worries about the short-term finaltial gain but the benefits are great. >> we are explaining the nature of the challenge. but after all, there is quite an impressive public support for the energy u-turn. more than half of the people are in favor of it. >> but there's another number thatening la merkel might need to worry about it. 4/5th of germans might be thinking of their electricity bill when they choose their next government. if a long, hard winter brings big bills then she might be paying the price as well. >> venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world. crime usually spikes in the days leading up to the new year. >> a man brutally disposes of his pregnant girlfriend. the child is miraculously born in the gutter and resc
. >> reuters is now quoting saying tokyo electric power has ordered workers to evacuate the fukushima nuclear plant. would that be a standard procedure or not? >> we're checking in with them. my guess would be a precaution. because there is a tsunami warning out. but it would be nothing of the magnitude of last year's tsunami and i doubt that it would affect the plant. having visited the plant myself. >> and we know the damage that happened last year. how has that left the -- how has it changed their approach to an earthquake and tsunami warnings? >> the first serious tsunami warning for a while, but whenever there's a quake, they're very quick to show people-will-to check the plant, check everything and assure the public that things are find, they have generally been fine. should be said, of course, the plant is still in a precarious state, so they're always at a height ended level of alert or so they tell us. >> when you say precarious state, explain what that means. >> precarious in the sense that it doesn't have a proper cooling system like a normally operating plant. it's still very much
the fukushima nuclear plant. they have no reports. they had about 3,000 people working there at the time. or they have about 3,000 people working there on a daily basis. they have all been evacuated, told to stay indoors. but no reports of damages there, as well as other cities. but, of course, it was just 45 minutes ago. we're still monitoring right now. >> okay. that's akiko fujita on the phone. an earthquake, along the northeast coast. tsunami warnings. we'll keep an eye on that and bring you the latest. you can tell the jolt from that camera, how it's swaying. and so reminiscent of that scene we saw in the devastating tsunami back in 2011. again, we'll keep an eye on it throughout the morning. keep it here on abc news. >>> on top of that, more breaking news from overseas. this time from egypt. all sides, now, digging in for what could be another very violent day of protest. >> soldiers are positioned outside the presidential palace in cairo. a clashes of pro and anti-government mobs. president morsi is promising to meet with opposition leaders but won't give up his absolute power ove
. a tsunami warning has been issued. residents have been told to move to higher ground. the fukushima nuclear plant has not been damaged. the quake was felt as far south as tokyo. lucy craft is in tokyo. what can you tell us? >> reporter: no reports of damage or injury. it's still way too early. we have a tsunami warning. the tide is about three feet or two meters or one meter, i should say. very interesting, this time the warnings came very fast and furious. the announcer was yelling at people to get to higher ground. big difference this year. >> we were watching in our newsroom as the alerts came in. what did you feel, what did you experience there? was it anything noticeable? >> i was talking to someone on the phone and she said she should get off the phone, this is a big one. my windows were rattling. my pictures, i thought i was going to have to grab them before they fell off. fortunately they didn't. a much more powerful earthquake than we're used to. >> early indications, are you seeing people taking this seriously? what has the response been from people? >> you know, tokyo, again we'r
on their part to prop up the economy. yuko fukushima joins's you now from the business desk. yuko, we've talked a lot about the pressure abe's putting on thbank of japan. >> that's right, catherine. and abe has been saying that since the election campaign started that he'll revive the economy and he wants the central bankers to do their part. abe just met the governor of the bank of japan yesterday and he's to told what he wants the bank to do and we'll see what happens as central bank officials gather for a two-day policy meeting that kicks off on wednesday. they'll discuss additional credit easing measures and a higher inflation target. abe urged the bank of japan governor to set a 2% inflatn goal. that's after a new administration is established. the central bank policy makers say these aggressive measures could be risky, it could have a negative impact on the economy if prices go up without wage increases. they also worry an accord with the government would restrict the central bank's independence in setting monetary policy. >>> in the u.s. president barack obama and republican house speake
with fukushima daiichi -- to deal with the fiscal omq= cliff issu. retailers are doing a better job of controlling inventories, macy's and abercrombie & fitch don't have as much merchandise leftover they need to clear out.÷s+0t netflix trying if get more social, it is waiting for president obama to sign a bill passed by congress that removes restrictions on companies sharing video rental history, once it is allowed to do that netflix users will be able to share information with >m facebook that is business news live at the new york stock exchange, ellen brightman, bloomberg . >>> mike is here with a look at the forecast and our little bitty break. >> you are coming up with a lot of neat technical terms. little bitty break, like that.wy the rain. can see cloud cover starting to open up=/w, as we k down to the south from our roof cam at the embarcadero center with the lights still on, ferry building to the bay bridge, good news, no rain out of these clouds. doppler tracking waiting for anything to fall, it is not going to happen. no rain, so thin they will dissipate as we head throu
chernobyl. workers at the fukushima nuclear plant were ordered to evacuate. they reported no irregularities. all tsunami warnings have since been lifted. in the wake of the march 2011 disaster, the state of japan's nearly 50 nuclear power plants remains very much unresolved. on december 16th, we'll have an election. the conservatives are likely to take power. and support nuclear power once again. that's likely to cause gridlock in the parliament, send demonstrators in the streets. back to you, charlie and norah. >> lucy craft, thank you. >>> back here in washington there is little movement toward a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. there are just 25 days until the deadline. officials are saying the negotiations are now in the had hands of two men, president obama and house speaker eer jo boehner. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning in the west. the president has stepped up his rhetoric, warning failure to fix the fiscal crisis could sour the christmas season. as another day passed without any real progress, president obama ventur
there was the crippled fukushima plant in between that region and where we are in tokyo according to tepco, the company that operates the nuclear plants in japan, all is fine at this hour. but we are still waiting for the all clear when it comes to the tsunami waves. we will keep watching and keep you posted. >> alex, we're looking at the camera there. it's still shaking. are those aftershocks or is that what was happening during the earthquake? >> i would say if you're looking -- i can't see the monitor at this time. this was in our office, in the cnn tokyo bureau here. really what it is, you see that plant shaking, it doesn't look like much, but what grabs you is the noise you hear. you can hear essentially the whole building shaking. let's see if we can recue it and maybe you it take a listen. >> some people in the united states certainly know earthquakes quite well. myself, i'm relatively new to it. obviously if you haven't experienced one before, it suddenly feels like you're sea sick. this one lasted about 90 seconds, but again we're talking about a 7.3 magnitude quake. we'll keep watching for an
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